Season 2 Episode 1

Day 2: 8:00 A.M. - 9:00 A.M.

Aired Monday 8:00 PM Oct 29, 2002 on FOX
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Episode Summary

Over a year has passed since the events of Day One. President David Palmer is fishing with his son in Oregon when he learns of an emergency. He is taken to his underground bunker, where he learns that a Middle Eastern terrorist group known as Second Wave is planning to set off a nuclear bomb in Los Angeles sometime that day.

At CTU, George Mason is ordered to contact Jack Bauer, who may be able to provide a lead to the terrorists. However, Jack has been out of commission since the death of his wife. He is also estranged from his daughter Kim, who is now working as an au pair. He isn't interested in returning to work, but changes his mind when Palmer personally requests his help.

Kim overhears her boss abusing his wife, so she locks herself and the child in her charge in the bedroom. Gary forces his way in and attacks Megan.

A young woman is preparing for her wedding day, while her sister has questions about the groom's past.moreless

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  • The second season begins with a new threat to the nation. So grave a threat that CTU is forced to call Jack Bauer back into service.

    After a spectacular finale to the first season, "24" does not miss a beat and gets season two started off on the right foot. It was a very smart decision to start this season one year after the season one finale. I think that was the right amount of time in between seasons. Once again the entire main cast is in top form. Dennis Haysbert is excellent right from the start. A very strong commander in chief during a time of crisis with strong leadership qualities who is not afraid to call out staff members who he feels are not supporting him. The same can be said for Kiefer Sutherland in the role which has defined his career. He too is just as believable in his role. The episode also benefits from a well written script. The main story of the episode was explained quite well here. A very good episode to start off another terrific season.moreless
  • one of the best

    One of the best season premieres ever. Jack is gonna need a hacksaw, and needs a shave during this episode. Great humor, and we get to see Kim. It doesnt take much time before Jack kills a person eiother, and he is back.
  • 24 is back and there is a new threat.

    After the shocking death of Teri in the season 1 finale Jack is suffering even after a year and feels he can't return to CTU the place which he once trusted but couldn't protect his wife With season 2 starting a year after the first season there has been changes like Palmer becoming President and Kim with her new job which isn't what she thought it would be like The main part of this episode was the warning of a nuclear bomb which is set to go off in Los Angeles sometime in the day With Jack not wanting to come back he feels he can't turn down CTU when there is a threat as bad as this.moreless
  • Not as good as previous season beginning, but stills being so cool

    After the climatic and unforgettable ending of the last season, 24 is back with another more plots with a lot of suspense and action.

    The second season of 24 has an engaging beginning which involves you and new characters who attracts you including the most previous roles from the first season, being the best of all the main character: the great Jack Bauer. Kiefer Sutherland does a truly phenomenal job with his role, making a new twist in his character: a new Bauer, colder and more sadistic.

    But there is a problem: the script is fine and the new plot is very good, but there is a feeling which shows that this beginning is not as great as the previous and the level has decreased.

    But don't be worried about that. 24 and Jack Bauer are back to the place and promises you to be great and suspenseful in this new season.moreless
  • Season 2 Starts!!!!!!

    This episode was great because the emotional level played.

    After one year, Jack no longer work for CTU, suffering with his lost, with a lot of beard, and trying to work out in realionship wit his ddaughter in vain for now. It is not difficult to feel sorry for him.

    Palmer is now the President of the USA. A new treat arrives, and we know that is worse then the last season, because it is a nuclear bomb that will go off today.

    What make this episode get only 8.5 is because Jack, since this new family drama is boring.

    Kim again is in trouble, since she can´t be captured again.

    Tony and michelle are now on the main cast.

    Palmer starts to have some minor problems in his administration and the Badass Jack we all Know is back in the end of this episode.

    OVerral, a 8 episode, that have much credit because of Jack and Palmer Scenes.moreless
Timothy Carhart

Timothy Carhart

Eric Rayburn

Guest Star

Tracy Middendorf

Tracy Middendorf

Carla Matheson

Guest Star

Jim Abele

Jim Abele

Ralph Burton

Guest Star

Vicellous Shannon

Vicellous Shannon

Keith Palmer

Recurring Role

Reiko Aylesworth

Reiko Aylesworth

Michelle Dessler

Recurring Role

Skye McCole Bartusiak

Skye McCole Bartusiak

Megan Matheson

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (1)

    • While the episode DID air commercial free, its running time of 51:43 shows that it was not in realtime as the opening suggested.

  • QUOTES (14)

    • Paula: I didn't know how you liked intel presented impromptu, whether you sorta liked it chronologically or with an alphabetical key. Or just separate folders with access tabs?
      Tony: (overwhelmed) Uhm...I don't really care...
      Paula: It doesn't matter, I did it both ways, so you can choose.

    • Mason: That was great, Almeida. Now what?
      Tony: Back off, George. I did the best I could.
      Mason: I guess your best isn't very good then, is it?

    • Palmer: What do you want to do tonight?
      Keith: I don't know, get a movie?
      Palmer: You came out all this way to watch a video?

    • Palmer: If a bomb goes off today it will hurt us, but it will destroy you.

    • Tony: We can get to Kim. We can get her out of the city. We can keep her safe. I promise you. The best thing you can do for her is help find that bomb.
      Jack: I trusted everybody here at CTU to protect my wife, and I lost her. Tony, I'm not gonna lose my daughter. I'm sorry

    • Mason: Jack, look at you. You look like a bum off the street, you're not talking to me, I just confiscated a witness outside of my authority, based on your call. Are you going to tell me what you are doing?
      Jack: (flatly) No.

    • Jack: That's the problem with people like you, George. You want results, but you never want to get your hands dirty. I'd start rolling up your sleeves.

    • Palmer: Today is going to be a very long day.

    • Mason: I know this isn't very pleasant, but this is our job. This is what we do.

    • Palmer: Jack, you saved my life. I trust you as much as I trust anyone and now I need you help.

    • Palmer: What I am saying is not meant to be a threat, but simply a statement of fact. If a bomb goes off on US soil today, I will have no choice but retaliate with immediate and decisive force against your government.

    • Palmer: What's this about, Eric?
      Rayburn: We have a 'domestic terrorist' alert.
      Palmer: How serious?
      Rayburn: Very.

    • Mason: Tell ya what, Tony. If I'm still working here this time next year, take me out to the woodshed and shoot me. I should be in DC by now, not chasing little old ladies who make metal detectors go off because they're carrying sewing needles.
      Tony: How about the morning of the 15th?
      Mason: That'll work.

    • Jack: I'm gonna need a hacksaw.

  • NOTES (8)

    • When we see President Palmer fishing with son Keith at Lake Oswego, Oregon, with the Cascade Mountains close by. Lake Oswego is just south of Portland and about an hour's drive from the mountains.

    • The DVD release states that this season takes place 18 months after the first (which took place on Tuesday, March 2nd of a Presidential voting year, likely 2004), making this roughly September. This day is also said to be a Saturday.

    • Carlos Bernard (Tony), Sarah Wynter (Kate) and Xander Berkeley (Mason) are added to the main cast while Leslie Hope (Teri) and Sarah Clarke (Nina) are taken out.

    • The six scenes deleted in the short version were again shown when the episode aired commercial-free on the FX "24 Hours of 24" marathon on Labor Day, 2003. The entire episode is also available on the Season 2 DVD

    • According to an interview with Reiko Aylesworth, her character and Paula Shaeffer were going to be one character. The production decided to split them after they realized that someone had to die in the CTU explosion later on. Reiko also stated that she had originally auditioned for the role of Nina Myers, as well as that of Kate Warner, before landing her role as Michelle Dessler.

    • This was one of two episodes Fox circulated among Emmy voters.

    • Fox executives predicted that the "Hacksaw" line would be removed from the final cut. It obviously stayed, and became one of the series' most memorable quotes.

    • Originally aired without commercial interruption, courtesy sponsorship by Ford. The episode ran 51:43 with the rest of the hour filled by two extended-length Ford commercials and FOX promos for John Doe and next week's episode of 24. Though it was rebroadcast on both FOX and FX on November 4, the FX airing was also commercial free and, excepting the end credits and pre-credit bumpers, as originally presented on FOX. FOX's rerun was a shorter version with commercial breaks and a running time of 43:56. Please note that the recap follows the long version. Also note that even that version was cut down from what was originally filmed, as evidenced by the number of guest stars credited in TV Guide that don't actually appear.